Autocar's 2021 summer guide to British motor sport


Donington’s Craner Curves and Old Hairpin are prime spots to watch from, at a circuit now under the management of Jonathan Palmer’s well-run MotorSport Vision group.

Goodwood Festival of Speed (July 8-11)

After a year’s hiatus because of you-know-what, we’re champing at the bit to return to the Duke of Richmond’s Sussex estate.

The theme this year is motor sport’s great all-rounders and Roger Penske will be the guest of honour, for the US motor sport mogul’s first visit to Goodwood since he raced in the Tourist Trophy – in 1963!

Silverstone Classic (30 July-1 August)

The biggest historic race meeting in the world is a fabulous extravaganza celebrating the golden eras of motor sport, both on track in a packed schedule of races and on the infield where displays of your favourite classics are plentiful and large in scale.

BTCC, Oulton Park (31 July-1 August)

Britain’s most picturesque circuit is also one of the toughest on drivers. A shame it clashes with Silverstone Classic this year, but we’d advise a day at each to complete a perfect motor sport weekend.

Vintage Sports-Car Club, Prescott (7-8 August)

No membership is more committed or compete with such enthusiasm as those who celebrate motor sport’s pioneering decades. The Prescott hillclimb is the annual VSCC highlight for many and the Gloucestershire venue is simply a delight.

The event runs on the original 880-yard ‘short course’, but also returns on September 25 for a second one-day event on the full 1128-yard climb.

British Hillclimb Championship, Shelsley Walsh (14/15 August)

A week after Prescott, head to the world’s oldest still-in-use motor sport venue to watch the modern brigade shoot up the famous 1000-yard climb that’s 1:7 at its steepest. The fastest single-seater specials use F1-inspired technology and the spectacle of speed, up what is essentially a narrow country lane, will take your breath away.

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